The Delhi High Court in the case of Utkarsh Trivedi vs Union of India dismissed a law student’s Public Interest Litigation to suspend the use of “Traffic Light Violation Cameras” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Court also imposed costs of Rs. 2,500 on the petitioner, Utkarsh Trivedi a fourth-year law student. As per the petitioner, traffic violation cameras deter drivers in front of ambulances to give way as they get scared of the repercussions of either crossing the red light or moving over the ‘Stop Line’.
After hearing the counsel for the petitioner, advocate Satyam Singh, a Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh opined that the PIL was filed without any homework. “Have you been on the road in last 3-4 days?”, the Court asked the petitioner.
Justice Singh stated, from his personal experience, that traffic signals already had a dedicated lane for ambulances.”Every day half a dozen people come to give suggestions to the government,” Chief Justice Patel remarked as said that people have started filing PILs based on the idea they get while “sipping tea”.
The counsel urged the Court to allow him to withdraw the plea as the Petitioner was a law student and was even undertaking volunteer work. The Court, however, turned down the request.
The counsel requested to exempt the court fee as well as the costs imposed.